The Heart of Danger
In the six years since their first adventure, Starmen David "Zip" Foster, Mark Seaton, and Joe Taylor have searched for, met, and befriended their allies--the noble and tragic race of Ahmanya. They have also discovered that not only the Ahmanyans but also the people of Earth have a relentless and vicious enemy in the Xenobots. The Xenobots, inhabitants of far distant Omega Centauri, are single-minded in their hatred of the Ahmanyans, the ancient race that had conquered them more than twelve millennia earlier. A decisive defeat at that time fed a hatred they nursed throughout the long time of their rebuilding--a time when the Ahmanyans, severely weakened by the first war with the Xenobots, had all they could do simply to survive. Now, with the Ahmanyans barely able to muster a small battle fleet, the Xenobots are on the verge of a massive invasion bent on the utter destruction of both Earth and Ahmanya. The Starmen are bolstered with the Ahmanyans' refurbished greatest weapon, their planet's former small moon now transformed into a battlecraft with hyperspatial capability. Knowing that the invasion is imminent, the three Starmen, joined by Starman Kathryn Mullaney, secretly infiltrate Omega Centauri itself. While in The Heart of Danger, they hope to capture one of their enemy's most volatile and essential weapons and learn how to counteract it before their enemy launches the second Xenobot war!
The Heart of Danger is part of the Starman Series (www.starmanseries.com) copyright 2004 by David Baumann, Jon Cooper, and Mike Dodd. This reading is made available with their permission.
The final story in the series: http://www.archive.org/details/TheLastCommand